Flourishing in Community Award Structure and Timeline

Flourishing in Community grants will be awarded to community groups actively advancing environmental justice. Our goal is to direct funding to frontline community projects that support people disproportionately impacted by climate change, pollution, and environmental stressors in areas where people who are have not historically received federal funds to advance solutions in their own communities. 

The Community Leadership Board plays a crucial role in ensuring that the grantmaking process is both accessible and equitable to all. The board’s responsibilities include evaluating applications for funding, making final decisions on project proposals, and ensuring fairness in the distribution of funds. The board also identifies organizations with limited resources for special consideration, providing mentorship, community connections, and support to funded projects.

Additionally, the board continuously assesses the effectiveness of the grantmaking structure, offering feedback on outreach, application processes, project management, and compliance. Divided into three working groups, board members contribute to subgrant selections in specific project and engagement areas, collaborating closely with the grant administration team for evaluations and assessments of funded-projects throughout the grant period.


Throughout the spring of 2024, Flourishing in Community will hold focus groups, listening sessions, application workshops, info sessions, and community activations upon the grant’s official launch. Our first awards are intended to be made from August to September of 2024.

  • April 8, 2024: Program Celebration at Climate Action Summit 2024

  • Update as of April 2024: Fordham University is currently progressing through the negotiation stages of the Flourishing in Community Grant with the Environmental Protection Agency. That being said, guidelines and criteria for applications are not yet confirmed and the official launch is still pending. 

    Check back regularly for more updates. We reassure you that you will be prepared as soon as applications open. To stay updated, please fill out the form here.